Out & About

Thames Barge by Jon Cowdock

Out and About is the name we give to TPS outings organised on an informal basis which enable members to visit places of interest, practise their photography and spend time together (with essential refreshment stops included!).

In order to remain as inclusive as possible, we try to offer a range of outings – weekdays and weekends, daytimes and evenings, local and further afield, town and country. Where possible, there is no restriction on numbers; friends and family members are usually very welcome. Just ask!

There is no set schedule for the year and we’ll keep members informed of forthcoming events as they are confirmed. Members are also very welcome to offer suggestions for outings (or even to organise them).  If you are interested in attending or have ideas for places to visit, please email
our ‘Out & About’ co-ordinator, Dominic Murtagh at outings@tpsinfo.org.uk.

There’s even a TPS Out and About Flickr page where members share (and comment on) photos taken on our outings. Please let Dominic know if you would like to join the Flickr group page.

Upcoming Out & Abouts

Sunday 6th January – Walking in Woldingham
Short circular walk (1 hour) followed by coffee / brunch at The Dean, Knight’s Garden Centre, Woldingham. Wet weather option – Garden Centre photos. Meet at Garden Centre carpark (CR3 7LA) at 10.00 am. Please let Dominic know if you’d like to attend.

Saturday 19th January – Day trip to wonderful Hastings
Simon and Sarah will be our guides for the day. Simon suggests that “there are plenty of photo-opportunities in Hastings – the pier, the old town, fishing boats, bottle alley, general street photography etc.”Just as importantly, they have plans for a visit to the best fish and chip shop in town. Please let Dominic know by e-mail or in person if you are interested in joining us on this trip (outings@tpsinfo.org.uk). Full details will be provided nearer the time.

Sunday 3rd March – Horsing Around
Godstone Point-to-point. Full details to follow.

Saturday 23rd March – London Street Walk
Once again, Sarah and Simon will be our guides. This time they promise us a photo session with an unusual twist.

TBD: Sunday 14th April Brighton Marathon or Sunday 28th April London Marathon
We all know Allister is a keen runner, but our plan is to take photos and not run the race. I will take soundings as to whether members would prefer Brighton or London

Recent Out & Abouts

London Christmas Twilight River Walk

Fourteen intrepid TPS photographers braved the December cold in London and got some great images from our capital city. We took in a variety of views of the Thames and the majestic London skyline as the light gradually faded. And, as ever, there were plenty of opportunities for street photography. London is just a short journey away – why not take a trip into town with your camera and see what you can snap? Or better still, team up with some TPS friends and help us create another great Out & About experience!

Copyright 2018 Dominic Murtagh

Crossness Pumping Station

TPS Members visited (and photographed!) a Victorian masterpiece of engineering. Built by Joseph Bazelgette in the 19th century, it was the pumping station for the first large sewage system in London. It is not a sewage works today, but is a grade 1 listed building with some of the best-preserved Victorian ironwork anywhere.


We held an informal Out and About around our TPS home village of Godstone and members grabbed some great shots:

As always, more photos can be seen on our Out & About Flickr Page.